2012-11-14 - Fun runs

Yo run gang,

 We are headed into what I call off season for serious running events, the long and more serious races are over and now it's time for holiday and frozen snowflake kind of family races. Putting these fun runs on the calendar gives us a bit of winter run motivation ... but it's a good time to dial back the intensity, lick our wounds and rest up so we are ready to come back recharged and excited to work hard again in March.

May I offer the perfect low key calendar of events for your winter pleasure? Starting Saturday evening December 1st with the Holiday Hustle 5K in Dexter, next, a fun winter get-a-way to stumble around in snowshoes on January 19th at the Bigfoot 5 and 10K in Traverse City (Snowshoe running is just slow running, no experience necessary and they rent the big shoes if you don' have em'). Lastly, the Super 5K, Super Bowl Sunday morning February 3rd in Novi, kind of like the turkey races, where you exercise early, get a finisher's pint glass and earn your bragging rights and spot on the couch for the big game!

Button, button ... We hope you've been enjoying the addition of getting a button at all the Running Fit events over the past year. I find the buttons fun to collect reminders of all I've done this year! I especially like the custom artwork. You can expect another year of buttons in addition to the race medals, shirts and other swag in the year ahead. That said, come and show off this year's buttons at the December 1st Holiday Hustle, you will get a raffle ticket for each button you have collected! A drawing for new shoes and other great swag will take place at the run, special prizes for the people sporting the most buttons! Our 2013 race calendar will help you plan a fun year of running and button collecting!

Run easy, rest and reinvigorate,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner ... with a fun collection of hardware to prove it!

2011-08-17 - What does this all mean?

We all know the type, people who are always looking for immediate gratification, short cuts, get rich quick schemes, miracle diets... seemingly anything that does not require hard work, discipline or patients. It's easy to avoid these kinds of people, just hang around with people who run, we thrive on no short cuts to success, just long tough miles!

 

Some interesting statistics on who enters running races: There are more men in the 40 - 44 age group than any other male age group, there are more women in the 30 -34 than any other female grouip. 61% of race entries are people over 35. Race entries are about even in numbers for men and women... but based on the growth in women's running, women will soon be ahead (20% of the women's field is under 30 where only 16% of the men's field is under 30.)

 

What does this all mean?  Beats me but it's time to get out for a run!

 

Yours in running,

 

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has found there is never a short cut to get to the finish line!  

 

PS - Labor Day weekend is the last chance for a summer race road trip!

How about the Cadillac 5K, 10K and Run, Bike Kayak Adventure Triathlon!

Running Fit will be there to time the event, stop by and say hi!

 

 

PS: Runwoodstock.com

Run one race, get 3 free! The Challenge, run 4 events in 3 days ... so you can say, Run Woodstock, I was there man! Dig it!

 

 

PS: Roadies Needed - Run Woodstock!

  VanOn top of all the "thanks" and "you rock" you will get throughout the day, you also get an awesome volunteer shirt, a $30 coupon toward any Running Fit event (includes race shirt) and a great feeling for giving back to your sport!

 

Run Woodstock - Sept 9, 10, 11 - Pinckney, MI
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2011-10-19 - Time is Precious

Personal time is precious in this busy world and there is no better way to spend it than on the daily run. The satisfaction we get from our effort, pace, distance covered and dedication to our sport assures us that we did not squander the gift. We return to our hectic lives mentally charged and ready to share ourselves (A better self) with the world again. Running, the gift that keeps on giving...

On race day, our personal pursuits come together as we share our pain, pleasure, glory and even defeat, taking the running experience to the astral plane, elevating the joy of a life fully lived to a place unexplainable to the non-running world.

Run forever,

--Randy Step, an obsessed runner still on a high from the weekend's long run in the "D", thanks to all who shared the road and made it magic.

PS: Congrats to those of you who shared the roads  

this fall  in Ann Arbor, the streets of the Windy City, Grand Rapids or soon will share them soon in The Big Apple, you and the running world make this life rock!

PS: More Fall Fun!  - Come to Northville Running Fit on Thursday, October 20th

for a test run with Montrail.  Try out their new hybrid models, the Fairhaven and the Rouge Racer.  We will be running at 6:30 pm leaving from the store at 6 mile and Haggerty to run to a few trails and back. Bring your headlamp!  Run from 4 to 8 miles.  

 



PS: Volunteer for Run, Scream, Run!

On top of all the "thanks" and "you rock" you will get throughout the day, you also get an awesome volunteer shirt, a $30 coupon toward any Running Fit event (includes race shirt) and a great feeling for giving back to your sport! 

   

Run Scream Run - Oct 22 - Ypsilanti, MI

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August 13, 2008 - The Olympics are upon us!

Yo Run Gang,

Did you know that watching TV can be good for your running but it only happens every 4 years. The Olympics are upon us! After watching the best in the world and seeing the passion and commitment first hand, you cant wait to get your butt out the door and try to be better than you are.

We can all be roll models and heroes. How many times have you heard a neighbor say, arent you the one I see out running every morning? Yes, you are setting the example that in this busy world you fit in your run, perhaps making them pause to think, maybe I can do this too. Heck, invite them!

A busy week for the obsessed runner and closet triathlete, Running Fits T-Rex Triathlon is sold out at 400! Watch for more mid week evening venue runs from us.

Watch TV!

Randy Step
Head Goat and Obsessed Runner trying to find his remote after 4 years!

September 15, 2010 - Cold & Lonely

Yo run gang,

A body in motion stays in motion. As I headed out for the run this morning I had all the negative thoughts, it's dark, it's cold, I have so much other stuff to get done ... when the reality was, the sun would soon be up, it's not like it was a wicked winter day and if I skipped the run now I would not get to work that much sooner and I'd be cutting out at lunch or earlier to run anyway. On top of all this, my wife was joining me so it was not going to be cold, dark and lonely. So, knowing all these things and knowing that once out the door I would eventually get into the groove, love the run and would be happy and satisfied that I did run, it still took what seemed to be a serious effort to get out the door, but I did what I always do, I headed out the door. The moral of the story, nothing good comes easy so get to work, perhaps don't think, just get out and run.

During our run my wife, a Nurse Practitioner specializing in geriatric medicine, said that the secret to longevity is to just keep moving. One example she used was that once a person starts to use a wheel chair to ease the burden of walking, their chances of never walking again are very good and it goes downhill from there. It seemed to me that running teaches us this at an earlier stage in life, giving us a leg up as we keep moving ahead!

Never ever, ever stop!

Randy Step, an obsessed runner ...  with no good excuses not to be.

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